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New Delhi : Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr  Harsh Vardhan took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 2, 2021, at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, New Delhi.

After getting the first dose of vaccine, Dr Vardhan said, “Me and my wife took our first dose of Covaxin vaccine today. I appeal to all above 60 years and people between 45 years and 59 years with co-morbidities to go for it. This vaccine is sanjeevani for all of us against Corona virus. Hanumanji had crossed half of India to get Sanjeevani but this sanjeevani is available at your nearest government and private hospital. We have taken this vaccine by paying Rs. 250 each at the hospital. People who can afford this vaccine, please get it from your nearest private hospital.”

Emphasising on following Vaccine-appropriate behavior, Dr Vardhan appealed to all the countrymen, “For last one year, we are appealing people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. Today, I would like to introduce and request you to follow Vaccine Appropriate Behaviour (take the first dose of vaccine and get the second dose within 28 days) along with Covid-appropriate behaviour. If you face any side-effects after this vaccination, don’t get afraid and consult your doctor. Till now, around 1.5 crore people have been vaccinated. 0.0003% people have shown mild AEFI effects till now. No vaccination related death has been recorded in the country.Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”

Expressing his thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Vardhan said, “I would like to thank our Prime Minister who led the country from front during this pandemic, supported vaccine development and inaugurated the vaccination campaign on January 16, 2021. When, his turn came, he got himself vaccinated first leading by example. Indian vaccine are in high demand in the world. Vaccine have  been sent to around 28 countries. Around, 3 to 4 dozen countries are demanding these vaccine. This is good news for Vaccine Maitri. World is appreciating us for this.”

Speaking about the CoWin platform, the Union Minister said, “There were some glitches in Co-WIN platform due to high number of registrations all of a sudden. Yesterday Around 34 lakh people had registered on this platform till last night. The number of people registering for the vaccination is increasing rapidly.”

He added, “I would like to request all hospitals to update the schedule for 28 days so that people don’t face any issue. Government of India is ensuring the availability of the vaccine for the whole country so that everyone can get vaccinated.”


Speaking on COVID parameters in India, Dr Vardhan said, “We have highest recovery rate and lowest fatality rate in the world. This vaccination will help us in controlling this virus.  I would like to request all citizens to follow Vaccine Appropriate Behaviour along with COVID Appropriate Behaviour. All of us should fight against the myths and misconceptions related to vaccine. Make this vaccination drive a ‘Jan Andolan’ by motivating your friends, family members and neighbours for vaccination.”